In the summer of 1967, The Monkees hit the road for a concert tour that stopped in nearly 30 cities in the United States and England, a tour that also boasted the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the opening act during its earliest dates. The footage below, filmed at unknown locations, shows the energy and excitement exuded by The Monkees during their live shows at this particular time in their career. It should be noted that the footage found in the first video has been synced with audio recordings from the '67 concerts.
As a bonus, here's a promotional clip for "Randy Scouse Git" that aired on the July 6, 1967 episode of the British music program Top of the Pops (showing footage filmed on June 29, 1967 as The Monkees arrived in London and later held their first official group press conference).
"Randy Scouse Git," written by Micky Dolenz and appearing on The Monkees' third album, Headquarters, had been issued as a single in the United Kingdom and ultimately peaked at #1 on the charts there (albeit under the name "Alternate Title").
The "Randy Scouse Git" promo clip had been unseen since its original airing until it was included as a bonus feature on The Monkees: The Complete Series (Blu-ray).
Last night, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith closed out the "Monkees Farewell Tour" with a triumphant performance in Los Angeles, California at the Greek Theatre.
Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval, who also produced the tour, introduced the show:
The evening's set list included the following songs:
Video footage from the Greek appears below, and be sure to check out these reviews of the show courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock, The Glorious Corner, and Goldmine.
Micky posted the following message across his social media channels after the show at the Greek Theatre:
As the "Monkees Farewell Tour" enters its final stretch, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz delivered a superb performance this past Saturday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Riverside Theater. "Best show (so far) of The Monkees tour," wrote Monkees producer and author Andrew Sandoval on Facebook.
The Live Almanac would like to send a special thanks to Sherri Hansen, who was on hand to photograph the evening, for sharing her pictures of Nez, Micky, and the band from Milwaukee. There's plenty of excellent video footage below, too, courtesy of Jennifer Rice, Nunupics Zomot, and laminateman on YouTube.
Next stops: St. Charles and Kansas City, Missouri!
The "Monkees Farewell Tour" rolls on as this past week Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and their band performed in front of packed houses at venues in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Illinois. Footage from these shows can be seen below, along with a couple of notable pieces that have recently appeared in the press.
The tour rolls into Milwaukee, Wisconsin this evening, and stops tomorrow in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for all the latest, and don't forget to follow the site on both Twitter and Facebook!
Monkees Farewell Tour in the Press
Greensburg, Pennsylvania @ The Palace Theatre (11/1/2021)
Detroit, Michigan @ Masonic Cathedral Theatre (11/2/2021)
Rosemont, Illinois @ Rosemont Theatre (11/5/2021)
Last night, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and their band played to a large crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Thanks to Junk Rocker and others on YouTube for sharing their footage from the show.
Last evening, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and their band performed for an enthusiastic audience at Count Basie Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. Here's the complete show in footage posted on YouTube, followed by the evening's set list:
On October 7, Micky, Michael, and the band performed in front of another packed house at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. A big thanks to Live Almanac contributor Daniel Coston for sharing his photos from the show. Check out Daniel's blog for more photos from Knoxville.
Another thanks goes to Alan Adkins, who posted video footage from the show on YouTube!
The "Monkees Farewell Tour" rolls on! Tonight, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and the band are performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, a venue The Monkees first played on their 20th Anniversary Tour in 1986, and one they subsequently visited many times over the years. After a few days off, the tour picks up this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida.
For now, let's take a moment to recap Nez and Micky's recent concerts in Birmingham, Alabama and Orlando, Florida. Thanks a lot to Brent at Southern Stages on Twitter for sharing a multitude of great shots from the show in Birmingham with the Live Almanac. Interspersed between the photos is video footage from Birmingham, including rousing renditions of "Good Clean Fun" and "The Kind of Girl I Could Love," the wonderful new arrangement of "Porpoise Song," "While I Cry," and Nez running through an improvisational take of "I'm a Believer" post-encore.
Birmingham, Alabama on October 6, 2021
Orlando, Florida on October 10, 2021
Longtime Live Almanac contributor Renny Simno attended this past Sunday's show in Orlando, Florida at Hard Rock Live. Thanks to Renny for sharing his photos seen below:
And finally, here's a unique view from the stage in Orlando, courtesy of Coco Dolenz:
Monkees author and manager Andrew Sandoval, who is also producing the "Monkees Farewell Tour," called this past weekend's show in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Tivoli Theatre "one of the best Monkees concerts I have ever attended." Check out the video footage below, including the fantastic new arrangement of "Porpoise Song," courtesy of The Junk Rocker on YouTube.
After a short break, The Monkees Farewell Tour resumed last night with a performance in Memphis, Tennessee at Soundstage at Graceland. Thanks a lot to Andrew Sandoval for sharing the set list with the Live Almanac:
Since opening night last month in Spokane, Washington, the set has remained fairly consistent. "Through the Looking Glass" was switched out in favor of "Steam Engine" for three shows, but "Steam Engine" has now been replaced by "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You." Originally closing the main set before the encore, "Pleasant Valley Sunday" is now slotted right before intermission.
While in Memphis, Micky Dolenz visited Graceland and was joined by Andrew Sandoval and members of the band and crew.
And Michael paid homage to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash at Sun Studio:
Tonight, Micky and Nez will perform at Tivolli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Here are a few videos from Memphis. Check back soon for more footage!
Last evening, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and their band appeared at Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas. Below are a few clips from the show, including a very impressive rendition of "While I Cry," a fan favorite deep cut from The Monkees' 1969 album Instant Replay that is making its live concert debut on The Monkees Farewell Tour.
Tonight, Micky and Nez are in San Antonio, Texas ahead of a short break in the tour until it resumes October 1 in Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Catch up with The Monkees Farewell Tour as it stopped in Portland, Sacramento, and San Jose this week, a week that also marks the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television series on NBC.
Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and their band return to the stage tomorrow night in Riverside, California!
Portland, Oregon (9/12/21)
Sacramento, California (9/14/21)
San Jose, California (9/15/21)
Monkees Farewell Tour - Night #2: Micky Dolenz & Michael Nesmith Live in Seattle (UPDATED WITH MORE VIDEOS)
Last evening, The Monkees Farewell Tour made its second stop in Seattle, Washington at the Moore Theater. Andrew Sandoval confirmed with the Live Almanac that the set list was the same as opening night.
Here's some footage from last night's show, including a stunning new arrangement of "Porpoise Song":
The Monkees' kicked off their 1969 concert tour, the first as a trio after Peter Tork left the group in late 1968, at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 29, 1969. These photos of Davy, Michael, and Micky are courtesy of Photos by Vlad:
On April 3, 2020 Rhino Records issued The Monkees Live: The Mike & Micky Show, featuring performances from the duo's concerts recorded throughout March 2019, on compact disc, iTunes, and via streaming services. A 2-LP vinyl edition arrived later on July 10.
Thanks a lot to longtime site contributor Ben Belmares for sharing the scans of the vinyl package seen below!
The final episode of the first season of The Monkees, "Monkees on Tour," was a documentary that chronicled the group's appearance at Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona on January 21, 1967 during their earliest live performances:
On October 1, 1968, The Monkees were greeted rapturously as they arrived in Japan to perform a series of live concerts in that country for the very first time. One of these historic shows was filmed (most likely during the two day, three-concert stay at Budokan Hall in Tokyo on October 3 and 4, 1968) and later broadcast on Japanese television. The audio recording and video footage, however, has never been officially released. The audio (straight from the video) has long existed as a bootleg (complete with Japanese voice introductions before each song), but much to the chagrin of Monkees fans, the video footage is presumed lost or destroyed.
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval has confirmed that multiple attempts have been made to find the missing video footage. "It was definitely broadcast and there has been communication with TBS [Tokyo Broadcasting System] in Japan to retrieve anything they had," he wrote on Facebook in 2017. "We asked many times and have been told they have nothing. Unless they made a film print of the video, it is unlikely it survived."
I first acquired a cassette tape of this particular concert in the late 1980s that ultimately relayed a sprightly and resolute performance by The Monkees, exhibiting just how far these four individuals with disparate musical backgrounds had come to achieving a "group" sound in a relatively short amount of time.
For years, Monkees fans have clamored for some sort of official release of this concert, even if it was just the audio portion as it seems the video footage has seemingly been lost to time. In the latest twist of this long-sought after piece of Monkees history, Live Almanac contributor Justin Rakowski has commenced a project to restore the original Japanese concert bootleg. In an effort to present the cleanest audio possible while also removing the invasive voice introductions before every song, Justin has "demixed" the audio. For those that aren’t familiar with "demixing," Justin relayed some details to the Live Almanac. "It’s essentially the process of using specific programs that can run a algorithm on a mono track and separate out individual signals like vocals, guitars, bass, and drums," Justin said. "The inherent problem with the Japan concert is not only the mono mix but the narrator that talks over the beginning of each song."
Justin talked more about the challenges of his project. "Obviously the parts where the announcer talks is the hardest area to fix. It's easier when the announcer is not talking over The Monkees' performances. Even when there is commentary over the instrumental beginning of each song, I can remove the announcer, but the music underneath sounds like someone is playing with the volume knob so the music cuts in and out, leaving some bars with no recoverable information. So what I’ve done is flown in other parts of the song in to fix those areas."
And now, here are the initial results of Justin's experiment! While we're all doing our best to hunker down during this international health crisis, take a listen to Justin's work and keep your fingers crossed that the video of this concert finally emerges!
UPDATE 4/16/2020: Justin has completed this project and has uploaded the entire 1968 Japanese concert. Thanks again, Justin! (Individual clips still appear below.)
The Monkees Live in Japan 1968 - Complete Show (Stereo Demix)
"Last Train to Clarksville" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
"I Wanna Be Free" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
"Johnny B. Goode" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
"D.W. Washburn" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
"It's Nice To Be With You" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
"I'm a Believer" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
"Salesman" (Live in Japan 1968 - Stereo Demix)
For "Salesman," Justin has offered up something special:
"Enjoy this 'what if' video using my newly demixed track of 'Salesman' synced up with edits of the 8mm Australia tour footage posted by Iain Lee's RareMonkees YouTube page."
Earlier this month, a teaser from the upcoming concert album The Mike & Micky Show Live arrived when "Last Train to Clarksville" was issued on YouTube, as a digital download, and via streaming services. And now, a live version of "The Door Into Summer," a classic track from The Monkees' fourth album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., has been released on all platforms. You can watch video of the performance below!
The Mike & Micky Show Live will be issued on compact disc and via streaming and digital services on April 3. A 2-LP vinyl edition is slated for release on July 10. You can pre-order now! And don't forget, in most markets, every ticket purchased for Michael and Micky's summer tour, "An Evening With The Monkees," includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of The Mike & Micky Show Live.
Pre-order "THE MIKE & MICKY SHOW LIVE" on CD, vinyl, digital, and streaming services (UPDATE 4/3/2020: Now Available!)
Produced by The Monkees' archivist Andrew Sandoval & mixed by Christian Nesmith, THE MONKEES – THE MIKE & MICKY SHOW LIVE was recorded live in March and June 2019. The collection includes performances of all three of the band’s #1 hits: "Last Train To Clarksville," "I'm A Believer," and "Daydream Believer."
In addition to those hits, the live album also spotlights many of Nesmith's finest compositions, including several songs that were never performed live during The Monkees' heyday, like "St. Matthew" and "Auntie's Municipal Court." Other Nesmith-penned tunes on the collection include live versions of "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "Listen To The Band," "Papa Gene's Blues," "You Just May Be The One," and "You Told Me."
Dolenz takes the spotlight singing hits like "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Randy Scouse Git," "Mary, Mary," "Goin' Down," "For Pete's Sake," and "As We Go Along." The collection also features live versions of "Me & Magdalena" and "Birth Of An Accidental Hipster" from The Monkees' most recent studio album, Good Times! (2016).
(Courtesy of Monkees.com)
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The Mike & Micky Show Live will be released on compact disc and via streaming and digital services on April 3. A 2-LP vinyl edition arrives on July 10. In most markets, every ticket purchased for Michael and Micky's summer tour, "An Evening With The Monkees," includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of The Mike & Micky Show Live.
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